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Bagpipes set the pace to the meeting in the middle of the Big Four Bridge Wednesday. Bagpipes set the pace to the meeting in the middle of the Big Four Bridge Wednesday.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore met in the middle of the bridge. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore met in the middle of the bridge.
Deborah Keeler Deborah Keeler
Gary McCowlan Gary McCowlan

JEFFERSONVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The bagpipes set the pace, step by step as the crowd inched closer to a meeting point that took millions of dollars and years to create.

"We've been waiting for it for a long time," Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore told Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear as soon as they met in the middle of the Big Four Bridge Wednesday.

The dedication of the Big Four Bridge celebrated Indiana's completion of the ramp in an almost poetic fashion.

"It's nice to meet like this," the Beshear responded to Moore, "we've all been out on a stroll and we just happen to meet in the middle of the Ohio River." 

Delays had plagued the opening of the Indiana ramp. First the ramp was slated to open in April 2013, then the summer of 2013, and another date was set for November 2013 before the ramp finally opened in May 2014.

"How many of you have been over to the Indiana side?" Moore asked the crowd as they cheered, "Just bring your wallets and keep on coming!" 

Moore was not shy about what the bridge will do for the town.

"It's already begun. You know, the change of Jeffersonville is setting in," he told said.

For others, it wasn't about the economics, but rather seeing the bridge come back to life.

"I'm 50-something years old and I've been waiting for 40-something years for this to actually happen," Jeffersonville resident Deborah Keeler said.

Some waited even longer, like Gary McCowlan, who said he's waited for 70 years. 

"When you do the kind of work that we do, it's nice to see people smiling," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.

Beshear patted both Moore and Fischer on the back. "You've really put this together," he told them.

Two cities are now united and just a few steps away.

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